Homemade Handmade Greeting Card Making Ideas with Balloons: Birthday Cards, Pop Up Designs, and More

Updated on August 30, 2016
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Balloons are a popular theme for birthday cards, particularly pop-up designs to bring the balloons to life. From a son's first birthday to a grandma's 90th birthday, a handmade balloon greeting card is a fun way to celebrate the occasion. Happy creating!

Balloon Hole Punch

One of the easiest ways to create balloons for your greeting cards is with a balloon hole punch. Use the punch of your choosing, and then add a simple birthday greeting to create a beautiful card. Mix up the colors to fit the preferences of your recipients.

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Happy Birthday Card with Printed Balloon

If you don't want to use a balloon hole punch or a balloon that you drew yourself, consider using a clip art or Creative Commons image for your cards.You may also want to design your own balloon graphic to give yourself more flexibility for changing the color, size, etc. for different cards. Experiment with different fonts to coordinate with your balloons as well.

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Student / Children Birthday Balloons

A group of teachers created this idea for their first grade students, but this idea doesn't have to be limited to schools. It would be perfect for any kind of birthday party or other special occasion. You could customize large balloons for showers, graduations, and more. The Pixie Sticks are a great touch. You could easily use large straws or other sticks, too.

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Paper Sewn Balloon Cards

Did you know that you can use your sewing machine to sew paper? For those of us who enjoy playing with paper more than fabric, this is a great way to get some extra use out of your sewing machine while adding an awesome element to your paper crafts. Hey Mickey layers and sews her paper creatively to make balloons, hearts, and flowers for her greeting cards, and the possibilities are endless. Once you get started, you won't be able to stop.

Practice Sewing on Paper

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Excuse Me, I Need Some Air!

This DIY project is a different take the balloon concept. Instead of a balloon card, it's a card that can hold a real balloon. The "Excuse Me, I Need Some Air!" line is the perfect message for moms, moms-to-be, teachers, and anyone who may get overwhelmed/smothered from time to time. Keren of Free Pretty Things for You has created a template with different options for the "I Need Some Air!" line. You can customize the pocket any way you like to coordinate appropriately.

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8 Bit Balloon Cards

Anyone who remembers 80s video and computer game graphics will get a kick out of this. The link below offers fantastic inspiration for creating your own 80s balloon card graphics. These cards are designed for Halloween, but you can customize the color combination for any occasion.

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Pop Up Balloon Cards

Have you ever wanted to make your own pop card but didn't know where to start? Oh Happy Day has a great pop-up tutorial to get you started. The balloons are the easy part of the card here. It's the pop up that's a little trickier. The artist does a great job breaking down the steps, though, and you'll have your own card ready to go in no time.

Pop Up Balloon Card

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Fabric Balloon Cards

Fabric is a great material for creating balloons on cards. Inchmark has a template with several different fabric cut outs The artist providesas well as instructions for assembling the cards. As suggested, you can use these cards as tags, or you can easily turn them into mini folding cards.

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Scrapbook Balloon Cut Outs

I love the idea of using different patterned and solid papers for balloons to create fun, colorful cards. There are no instructions for these cards, but they're pretty self-explanatory. You can mix up the colors and/or add messages to the cards so you can use them for any occasion.

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Balloon Explosion with Happy Birthday Banner Card

The front of this card has a lone balloon on it, which leaves you feeling a little sad until you open the card and discover a huge bunch of balloons and a big birthday banner. Unfortunately, the tutorial for the original card pictured is no longer available, but Martha Stewart has a similar tutorial for a happy birthday banner in a greeting card over here.

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Happy Birthday Balloons

Why not feature people blowing up balloons? This is such a creative idea. Of course, you can customize the message in the balloons any way that you like if you don't want to use this idea for a birthday greeting. If drawing people isn't your specialty (don't worry, it isn't my speciality either), consider cutting pictures of our magazines or recruiting a talented friend to team up with you.

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Eraser Stamps

If you want to stamp your balloons but can't find a stamp that you like (or are simply looking to make one of your own), create your own out of an eraser. There are no directions here, but the concept is pretty self-explanatory. You can create solid balloons or balloons with the pattern of your choosing, such as stripes or zigzags. Erasers are cheap so have fun making multiple stamps.

Do you sell and/or gift balloon items? Consider attaching them to balloon themed cards.

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      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Cheryl! Yes, for sure.

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        Cheryl Paton 

        4 years ago from West Virginia

        Cool ideas! Balloons make a nice addition for birthday cards and more, anytime there's a celebration.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, birthdaywishesquo! That's great. Best of luck to you.

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        Jeremy Rawlings 

        5 years ago

        Great hub. You have inspired me to reach a higher level in my own articles.

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        birthdaybash 

        6 years ago

        wow great ideas. my daughter loves making birthday cards. Surely she will love this. thanks for sharing.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, nickwin! Yes, for sure. Good luck with it!

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        nickwin 

        6 years ago from Renton, Washington

        Great ideas! These are things I can get my kids involved in which is always a bit of trial and error. I will have to let you know how it goes!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Gypsywhim! You should give it a try sometime.

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        Gypsywhim 

        6 years ago

        Very cute ideas! I wish I were as talented in making my own homemade cards! Best of luck!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks! Have fun with that. :)

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        Thelma Alberts 

        6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

        I love your creativity. I´ll make some of these with my elementary grade nieces. This would be a great fun. Thumbs up and SHARED.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks partypail! I love the sewn balloons, too. It's a great effect and so simple. You're right that a homemade card adds a personal touch to any gift.

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        PartyPail 

        6 years ago from www.partypail.com

        These are great birthday card ideas! That paper sewn balloon card is really creative. And I love the fact that these are homemade; I think it adds a nice personal touch. I'll definitely be sharing some of these ideas.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks Ruchira! Thanks for bookmarking this hub. I hope that your son will make some birthday cards. His friends would enjoy that.

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        Ruchira 

        6 years ago from United States

        Great tips Randomcreative...now I know why your name suggests the above.

        Creativity is at it's peak :)

        I encourage my kid to make b'day cards for his friends. I loved the pop up balloon card and have bookmarked that link.

        Thank you!

        Voted up as useful

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks Stephanie! I'm glad that the pictures help.

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        Stephanie Henkel 

        6 years ago from USA

        I love the pop-up balloon cards! These are great ideas, and I like that you have pictures of each one so that we can see what they look like before checking out the how-to link.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks Linda! :)

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        6 years ago from Orlando, FL

        You are truly so amazingly creative! These card ideas are adorable! I might attempt some. Who am I kidding, Walmart has random cards for 50cents I lack your creative touch!:)

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks lilngz!

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        lilingz 

        6 years ago from Malaysia

        wow.......nice collection, I especially love the Balloon Explosion with Happy Birthday Banner Card.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks Edi!

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        Edi 

        6 years ago

        I love the pop up and 3-D ones...fun!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much prasetio! I'm really glad that you enjoyed this, and I appreciate you sharing it with others.

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        prasetio30 

        6 years ago from malang-indonesia

        My friend, you always find something interesting to be written and I love this one (especially the pictures). You are very creative and talented as well. I'll gonna show this to my student. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up!

        Prasetio

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much lady rain, DIY, and instantly! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this hub and got some great ideas from it.

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        instantlyfamily 

        6 years ago

        These are awesome! You did a fantastic job creating this hub. Great detail!!

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        DIYweddingplanner 

        6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

        These are adorable! I love the ones with the pixie sticks and the fabric ones! I would so make those! Great job, RC!

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        I love making cards for birthdays. You just gave me a few great ideas with the balloons on the cards, thanks!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        You're very welcome! I'm glad that you like the ideas here!

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        RTalloni 

        6 years ago from the short journey

        Oh, ho--these are going to be such fun! Thanks for putting this post together!

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